3 Reasons to Improve Your Credit Rating

One of the best things you can do for your financial situation is to improve your credit profile. There are a number of people — from lenders to insurers to landlords  to employers — who are interested in your credit history. Your credit report contains information that others use to make inferences about how you handle money, how reliable you are (especially when making payments), and even what sort of risk you pose.

Without a good credit history, you could find yourself paying more money over time, and missing out on opportunities. Because your credit score is important, and based on information in your credit history, it’s a good idea to boost your financial reputation as it appears “on paper.” Here are 3 reasons to improve your credit history:

1. You Have a Better Chance of Being Approved for Loans

If you want to buy a home, you need a good credit rating. Lenders will look at your credit history, and use it to make a decisions about whether or not to lend you money. Mortgage lenders are paying a large sum to help you buy a house, and a default is costly to them. And, while auto lenders aren’t usually as picky as mortgage lenders, they still want to check your score and see what they can expect.

With a good credit history, you have a better chance of being approved for loans — and for better terms — than you would with a poor credit history. If you want to be able to borrow money for large purchases that you might have a hard time saving up for, your credit history is key.

2. You Can Save Thousands of Dollars During Your Lifetime

Your credit history isn’t just about getting approved for loans. Once your loan is approved, your credit score, which is a numerical reflection of the information in your credit report, will be used to help determine what interest rate you pay. A difference of even 1% can make a big impact on your wallet over the life of a huge loan, like a mortgage. A better interest rate means that you pay less over the life of your loan. Hundreds of dollars (and even thousands of dollars in the case of a mortgage) can be saved when you have a good credit history.

Savings due to your credit report aren’t limited to loans, though. You can also save in other ways. You might be required to pay a higher security deposit when renting. Additionally, insurers often look at your credit while determining premiums. With a good credit history, you could save money on your monthly premiums.

3. You Have More Financial Opportunities

While there are plenty of banks that don’t check your credit, there are some that do. You might not have be able to open the bank account you want, with your preferred financial institution, if your poor credit is used as a factor in determining whether or not to let you do business. Additionally, many would-be business owners are denied opportunities based on the information in a credit report. You can even find yourself passed over for a job based on the information in your credit history. Not all employers run a credit check, but some do — especially for sensitive positions.

And, of course, you can’t qualify for the best credit card rewards programs without good credit. If you want a better credit card, or chances to reduce your interest rate through other means, you need a good credit report.

If you take the time to improve your credit history, you will find more financial doors opened to you, and possible even save a great deal of money during your lifetime.

About the Author

By , on Jun 27, 2013
Glen Craig
Glen Craig publishes Free From Broke. After realizing most of his paycheck went to credit card companies he turned his focus to getting his personal finances on track to prosperity, rather than debt.

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Leave Your Comment (5 Comments)

  1. Another good reason to maintain a good credit score is that a lot of employers are checking credit scores as part of a background check.

  2. You can now add saving money on car and home owners insurance. Many property and casualty insurance companies now use your credit score to determine what rate to charge.

  3. Jenna says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more on number one. Plus, you can get a better rate too!

  4. SansMoneyStress says:

    Great points. I agree with Kris about the sense of control over your finances. Debt and bad credit are huge sources of stress for people. Any help to relieve stress about money is not only good for one’s financial situation but integral to both physical and mental health.

    Good credit reports bring you one step closer to financial freedom and one step closer to living without stress!

  5. Kris says:

    All good points. Plus it gives you knowledge about how your credit works and how your financial decisions affect your future credit. Plus it gives you a sense of control over your own financial situation.

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